Jazz pianist Fred Hersch to perform with Rutgers Jazz Ensemble I on March 5

Pianist Fred Hersch, who the Boston Globe describes as, "one of the poet laureates of modern jazz piano" is scheduled to perform with the Rutgers Jazz Ensemble I in a tribute to pianist Bill Evans. Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine as “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade,” Fred Hersch will perform at Nicholas Music Center alongside renowned trombonist, Conrad Herwig, leader of the Rutgers Jazz Ensemble. There will also be a special guest performance by the JP Stevens High School Jazz Ensemble, to round out the lineup.

The New York Times, in a featured Sunday Magazine article, praised Hersch as “singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz – a jazz for the 21st century.” He was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2011, for Best Jazz Album and for Best Improvised Jazz Solo, for Alone at the Vanguard; these are his fourth and fifth nominations. The Rutgers Jazz Ensemble, directed by Herwig, is the top student jazz ensemble at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. The group has played commercials with Ray Charles, the fifth-anniversary celebration of Harmony Hall in Fukui, Japan, and has had several gigs at the legendary Blue Note in New York City. Professor Herwig is considered one of the world’s complete jazz musicians, atop both the performing and jazz educational fields with an abundance of composer and arranger credits, as well. To date, he has released 20 recordings as a leader in addition to contributing to nearly 200 other recording sessions with some of the most notable artists in jazz.


The Rutgers Jazz Ensemble concert featuring Fred Hersch will take place on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at the Nicholas Music Center, located at 85 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901. Box Office tickets: General Public $15 / Rutgers Alumni, Employees, and Seniors $10 / Students $5. Call the Box Office at 732-932-7511 for more information.